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Connecticut SOS unsure about ballot reform

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January 27, 2011

NORWICH, Connecticut: Democratic Secretary of State Denise Merrill, the former State House Majority Leader prior to her election this past November as the state's chief election official, stated in a meeting with municipal leaders that she did not believe calls for ballot reform in which local communities would be provided with one-hundred percent ballots, one for each registered voter, was the appropriate course of action in helping to correct past election turmoil. While such legislative proposals have been offered up numerous times over the past year, it became especially pertinent when the town of Bridgeport made headlines during the 2010 midterm election after the city registrar failed "to order enough ballots forced a lengthy hand-count of photocopied ballots and delayed the outcome of the governor's race for several days."[1]

While she has stated that she is currently examining how other states are doing to combat such problems, she failed to offer any specific alternative to reform measures. Instead, Merrill suggested that "every community should have an "emergency plan"" in place for the meantime in order to deal with such issues quickly and effectively.[2]

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